Almond and Quince Tart



  1. 1 cup all purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  2. 3 tbsp almond flour (almond meal)
  3. 1 tbsp confectioners sugar
  4. 5 tbsp butter, at room temperature
  5. 1 large egg yolk beaten with 1 1/2 tbsp water
  6. Grated zest of 1/2 lemon
  7. 1 cup blanched slivered almonds
  8. Grated zest and juice of 1/2 orange
  9. Grated zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
  10. 2 tbsp almond liqueur
  11. 10 tbsp butter, at room temperature
  12. 1/3 cup confectioners sugar
  13. 3 large eggs
  14. 6 oz (175g) quince paste (membrillo) or quince preserves
  15. Squeeze of lemon juice
  16. Confectioners sugar, for dusting
  17. 9 in (23cm) tart pan with removable bottom
  18. Baking beans


  1. To make the pastry, pulse the flour, almond flour, and confectioner's sugar in a food processor to combine.
  2. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse bread crumbs.
  3. Add yolk mixture and lemon zest and pulse until the dough clumps together.
  4. Gather into a thick disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  5. To make the filling, process the almonds in the food processor until coarsely ground.
  6. Add the orange and lemon zests and juices with the liqueur, and process to combine.
  7. With the machine running, one tablespoon at a time, add the butter.
  8. Stop the machine, add the confectioner's sugar, and process until smooth.
  9. With the machine runnning, one at a time, add the eggs, stopping to scrape the bowl as needed.
  10. Roll the dough on a lightly floured work surface into a 1/8 in (3mm) thick round.
  11. Line the round tart pan with a removable bottom with the dough and prick well with a fork.
  12. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  13. Preheat the oven to 400F (200C).
  14. Line the dough with aluminum foil and baking beans.
  15. Bake about 15 minutes, until the crust looks set.
  16. Remove the foil and beans and bake for 10 minutes longer.
  17. Let cool.
  18. Reduce the oven temperature to 350F (180C).
  19. Melt the quince paste with 1 tbsp water and the lemon juice over low heat until melted.
  20. Spread evenly in the tart shell.
  21. Spread the almond mixture on top.
  22. Bake for about 35 minutes until the filling is golden.
  23. Let cool 15 minutes.
  24. Remove the sides of the pan and transfer to a platter.
  25. Dust with confectioner's sugar and serve warm.